Slava's Snowshow

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road, London,

Opens: 18 December 2017
Closes: 4 January 2018

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Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Show times
Mon 18 Dec at 7.30pm
Tue 19 Dec at 7.30pm
Wed 20 Dec at 7.30pm
Thu 21 Dec at 7.30pm
Fri 22 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 23 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sun 24 Dec at 2.30pm

Mon 25 Dec no shows
Tue 26 Dec at 7.30pm
Wed 27 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 28 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Fri 29 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sat 30 Dec at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sun 31 Dec no shows

Mon 1 Jan at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tue 2 Jan at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Wed 3 Jan at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 4 Jan at 7.30pm

Runs 2 hours with one interval

Seat prices
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Slava's Snowshow

The multi award winning international sensation Slava's Snowshow in London returns for a strictly limited Christmas 2017 season.

Slava's Snowshow has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe, this unmissable visual masterpiece now returns due to public demand for another amazing Christmas season at London's Royal Festival Hall this December 2017.

Loved by children and adults alike Slava's Snow show is a combination of theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle performed by the internationally renowned company of clowns lead by Slava Polunin. This Christmas experience a joyous dream-like world which will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you literally knee deep in snow!

Please Note: Recommended for children aged 8 and above. years of age. Children under 3 will not be admitted. The Snow Show company is made up of a number of performers; it is rarely known in advance which clowns will perform at which performance.

Hailed by the Daily Mail as being "utterly breathtaking - the stage effects are dazzling" The Guardian praised it as being "one of the most knock-out theatrical moments I have ever experienced" while the Mail on Sunday highlighted the "finale which blows you away."

Originally seen in London at the Hackney Empire, the show has been staged at the Peacock Theatre from 9 to 30 January 1997, returning to London at the Old Vic Theatre from 12 December 1997 to 3 January 1998 when it won the 1998 Olivier Award for 'Best Entertainment' before transferring to the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre where it previewed from 1 March, opened on 2 March 1999 and closed on 10 April 1999. The production was then staged at the Royal Festival Hall for five Christmas seasons: 17 December 2011 to 8 January 2012; returning from 17 December 2012 to 7 January 2013; returning from 17 December 2013 to 6 January 2014; and again from 17 December 2014 to 5 January 2015; and from 16 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.

"There is something special in this show, which Slava devises with ten colleagues plus remarkable technicians, producing not only the huge balls but a terrifying paper-snow blizzard across the house, a great deal of smoke, fireworks, a snowy cobweb that covers the entire audience at one point, and some smaller, simpler magical effects which bring unexpected tears to the eye. What sets it apart from any other experience, whether for children or adults, is that unapologetic Russian blending of manic comedy with beautiful melancholy. It is dark and light, silly and sad, comprehending violence, loneliness, friendship, jokes, death, reconciliation, and absurdity: what Slava calls the 'idiotics of expression'." The Times

"The foolery on display owes something to Chaplin and something to Beckett (the proceedings begin with that a Godot-style visual gag about hanging yourself). The set is a magical miniature universe of what look like star-studded blue duvets. Knockabout comedy (with a clown clambering over the stalls for a klutzy protracted death scene) mixes with enchanting imagery (there's a lovely blizzard of bubbles) and poignant whimsy (another clown keeps falling off precariously angled furniture). And it is appropriately festive in spirit, even if the childish wonder is of the kind more appeciated by adults. Slava once again proves that there's no show like Snowshow." The Independent

"Slava Polunin's Snowshow has become something of a cult event. A clown shuffles in apologetically in a yellow pierrot suit, red furry slippers, red scarf, a flattened red nose and full clown make-up. He pulls a rope in slow motion to the accompaniment of dreamy, plinkity-plonkity bingo-hall music. His face is sad. The rope is a noose. Perhaps he's a clown out of Beckett's Godot. He places the noose around his neck But when he pulls it, he finds at its end not death, but life - another clown, a small, dumpier, more solemn creature who wears a ridiculous hat with ear flaps as big as aeroplane wings. In fact, Polunin is no more Beckettian than he is clowning Chaplinesque or Shakespearean or something out of Theatre de Complicite. He is none of them and all of them; he combines traditional tragicomic clowning athleticism with a dazzling facility for creating bittersweet sketches and unforgettable images... The coup de theatre, however, is a finale which blows you away. Polunin tears up a letter and throws it into the air, triggering a snowfall. Then he walks across the stage, each stride marked with that unmistakable scrunching sound of deep snow. Orf's Carmina Burana blasts off and the back of the stage opens up like a great mouth coughing up a blizzard that rushes at the audience. In the calm after the storm, four planet-sized silk balloons roll off the stage to be tossed high into the gods and down again time after time by a mesmerised crowd, their arms outstretched. Polunin makes children of us all in a show most remarkable for its simplicity and innocence." The Mail on Sunday

Slava's Snowshow in London at the Royal Festival Hall opened on 18 December 2017 and closes on 4 January 2018.